How can Counselling help?
Counselling helps you to take a breather from your normal daily routine and set aside some time for you. It allows you the space to explore feelings, speak about issues that are causing you emotional pain and provides a safe space to make positive changes.
I can offer support, encompassing a wide range of difficulties you might be having. Using various theoretical approaches, I can help you explore your past as well as the here and now.
Self awareness is key to helping facilitate change. I realise that not everyone who wants Counselling feels the need for change or deep exploration but would like someone to listen and offer impartial, non-judgemental support, I can do that too.
What to expect from the first session
The first session is about getting to know you and gain an understanding what you would like to gain from Counselling. There will be no pressure to speak about anything that you are not ready to talk about. I appreciate that some people may find the experience a bit daunting and I will do my best to support you with this. My aim is to make you feel as comfortable as possible and leave you feeling you have had a positive experience.
Due to Covid 19, currently I am offering online and telephone Counselling which means you can get help from your own home or somewhere outside of the home depending on where you feel comfortable to talk. It also means I am not limited to Counselling people from a specific location.
Currently, I run a College Counselling service, so I have an understanding of Young People and the issues they are facing. I work with people who are confused and are trying to make sense of the world as well as trying to find out where they fit in. Working through change and the transition into adulthood can feel overwhelming for some. Feeling anxious, lonely and misunderstood is common.
Being a trained Addictions Counsellor, and having delivered drug and alcohol Education, I can help people with harm minimisation or achieving abstinence. My extensive experience is with Both Adults and Young People.
My experience isn’t limited to Addiction and Young People, I have worked with many men and women who are dealing with life’s challenges and need support to deal with past issues as well as the here and now.
I have also worked as a volunteer for a Hospice and this has given me much insight into Grief and the impact this can have on individuals and families. A person's grief is unique to that person, so I would be mindful of this and walk with you at your own pace.
If you are feeling Hopeless, I can hold the Hopelessness for you and you can have it back when you are ready.
Over the years, I have learnt to adapt my approach to suit a person's needs. I recognise that one approach doesn't suit all.
I am always amazed at the many hidden talents or capabilities that are uncovered and the realisation for someone that they have choices and a voice is very empowering for them. I am humbled by someone's story and value being part of the journey. My aim is to help you find or reclaim inner peace and become the person you desire to be, thereby finding your true identity and achieving personal goals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and a have a Diploma in Integrative Supervision. I also have 30 years extensive knowledge from working with people who have drug and alcohol problems.
I have experience in working with:
Abuse, ADD / ADHD, Addictions, AIDS/HIV, Anger management, Anxiety, Asperger syndrome, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy I offer are:
Behavioural, Brief therapy, CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Emotion focused therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution focused brief therapy, Transactional analysis
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
Counselling: £45 per session
Supervision £50 per hour, £70 per 90 minute session
Times and days to be discussed
I work with Adults, Older adults, Organisations, Trainees and Young people